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reloading tracers?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Shorty, Apr 7, 2010.

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  1. Shorty

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    i recently came accross alot of tracer projectiles(100,000+), what is the best way to get them to light? 4895 with factory crimp?
     
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    The government uses a different powder. I think Pat's reloading has some. I'm assuming you're talking about .224 tracers in 223 Rem. Even so, H335 should be able light them off.
     
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    Sometimes they need a 'hotter' powder to get them to light, but try several with regular powder, it maybe enough.
     
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    im sorry i should have put it in my first post. its for 8mm,54r, and .30 cal i will probably have to just try a bunch of the hotter burning stuff

    Thanks for all the replies!

    Shorty
     
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    I can't recall at the moment, but I have had this conversation and it came down to stick or ball powders. I think it was ball, but please dig a bit deeper as I have a 50-50 chance of leading down the wrong path with this statement.

    I bought some and was not able to get them to light up with either powder type. These were pulled surplus rounds.
     
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    May have been a defective lot. That would explain why they were surplus.
     
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    I had a 1000 pulled tracers from Polygunbag.com, .30 cal. M25 bullets with the copper cups. I never tried them, because I realized there was no place I could safely SHOOT them! Ended up trading them off to a local ammo manufacturer that makes machine-gun ammo, they shoot lots of tracers at approved areas that us unwashed flunkies can't use.
     
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